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Saturday, 17 November 2018

Editorial: All to End Illiteracy .. Literacy and Skills Development

The Globe is celebrating these days the International literacy Day.
The theme this year is (Literacy and Skills Development).
In Sudan the National Council for Literacy affirmed that continuation of their efforts to implement the initiative of President Al Bashir in making Sudan literacy free by 2020.
It goes without saying that such a programme requires extensive efforts from all concerned institutions it achieve as one of the key items (item 4) of the Sustainable Development Goals (Education for All).
One of the good omens that prove the progress in this regard is the graduation of 16 thousand graduates from illiteracy courses in South Darfur.
Some time ago, the Ministry of General Education revealed the existence of more than 9 thousand and a half illiterate citizens in Sudan.
The Ministry announced the launch of the Presidential initiative towards literacy with a cost of more than one billion and 653 thousand Sudanese pounds.
The campaign will continue for 5 years to teach 40% of youth, 20% of children between 7-14 years of age along with the youth up to 25 years of age, them the adults up to 45 years of age.
The campaign benefited from the basic level schools teachers, university graduates and national service students.
However, there are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age.
Low levels of literacy and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country in the current rapidly changing, technology-driven world.
In countries round the globe educators and political leaders have organized literacy campaigns to teach people reading and writing in the context of more democratic participation and more equitable society.
Venezuela has a unique experience in ending illiteracy as within the 2004 – 2005 over 1.5 million Venezuelans became literate.
To accomplish this feat they recruited thousands of volunteers from universities, factories and ranks of teachers, all to end illiteracy.
It would be better to follow suit the Venezuelan experience under the theme (Yes, I can).
 Our message is to all concerned parties in the government as well as in the opposition besides all civil society organizations in the country to launch a comprehensive campaign to end illiteracy instead of the ongoing polemics.